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ANNUAL REPORT 



<>l THE 




RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 



n of Medffelci. 



INCLUDING THE 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE. 



Vu\i THE VKAI! ENDING 



i»uai\v I, 1872. 



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Win. II. Thomas, Printer, Foxboro\ Mass. 



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ANNUAL REPORT 



OF THE 



RECEIPTS AND EXPENDITURES 



OF THE 



'own mi Metlfielcl, 



INCLUDING THE 



REPORT OF THE SCHOOL COMMITTEE 



FOR THE YEAR FADING 



biHiai\v 1, 1872. 



Win. II. Thomas. Printer, Foxboro>, Mass. 



TOWN OFFICERS FOR 1*71 



Selectmen and Assessors. 

B. F. SHUMWAY. OLIVER CLIFFORD. J. B. HALE. 

Town Clerk. 
HENRY J. EVERETT. J. B. HALE (to till vacancy.) 

Treasurer. Collector. 

ISAAC FISK. MARTIN BAILEY. 

Constables. 
JOHN E. BULLARD. CHARLES HAMANT. 

School Committee. 

Rev. C C. SEWALL. JAMES HEWINS, Esq. 

HENRY J. EVERETT. J. R. CUSHMAN (to fill vacancy.) 

Surveyors of Highways. 

G. W. BRUCE. R. W. SHERMAN. F. S. WIGHT. 

C. II. RUSSELL. G. W. KINGSBURY. S. F. TURNER. 

Fire Wards. 
II. F. BULLARD. J. R. CUSHMAN. .1. B. HALF. 

Auditor of Accounts. 
SAMUEL ELLIS. 



SELECTMEN'S REPORT. 



The Selectmen of Medfield present the following Report of Receipts 
and Expenditures from February 1. 1871} to February 1. 1872: 

RECEIPTS. 

To Balance in Treasurer's hand. Feb. 10. 1871, 
Taxes for the year 1867 in full. 

1868 " 

1869 - 

1870 " 

1871 " 
Cash West Roxbury, board of paupers, 

Corporation tax. 

Subscription for Primary Schools, 

Overseers of the Poor. cows sold. 

crauberrjes, 

eggs, butter, and potatoes, 

hay. straw, and pork, 
Sale of old lumber. 
State aid to pensioners. 
Corporation tax. 1*71. 

National Bank tax. 
Bono wed. 

Interest on School Fund. 
State Treasurer, income on do.. 
County Treasurer, dog tax. 



1877 


53 


53 


74 


116 


16 


359 


(HI 


784 


6!) 


7558 


00 


334 


77 


39 


4* 


60 


(HI 


62 


iH^ 


70 


(HI 


122 


68 


142 


03 


1 


73 


264 


(HI 


700 


29 


1006 


93 


424. _ > 


(HI 


24 7 


si 


144 


22 


92 


13 


*I7.2S2 


19 



1787 


50 


22 


00 


(17 


50 


230 


00 


96 


00 





00 


213 


00 


117 


00 


DO 


00 


117 


00 


104 


00 


10 


<S7 



6 

EXPENDITURES. 

SCHOOLS. 
By \\ . s. Parker, teaching, 

care school-house. 

L. II. Marvel, teaching, 

Aniin II. Ilixon. 
Mary E. M. Winship, 

care school-house. 
Lizzie E. Packard, teaching, 
s. K. Dyer, 
Al»l>\ Adams. 
Esther Emerson, 
Olive B. Young, 
Town of Sherburne, for schooling, 

$1866 87 

< MM! SCHOOL-HOUSE, FUEL, AND REPAIRS, — NORTH DISTRICT. 

By wood. $33 50 

C. T. Frost, for pump, 23 00 

O. M. Fisk. repairs, 2 50 

J. Allen, sawing wood and making fires, 3 00 

CENTRE DISTRICT. 

By coal, 

('. T. Frost, work on furnace, 

pump, 

stock and labor, 
O. Clifford, work on furnace, 
Joel Morse, work and material, furnace. 
Franklin Ellis, work. 
John Clark, brick, 
Care of House, 
II. F. Bullard. stock and labor. 

Amount carried forward, $o7tf 50 



$144 


69 


34 


38 


22 


00 


19 


25 


9 


00 


9 


70 


32 


00 


4 


00 


14 


50 


2Q 


98 



Amount brought forward^ 

Joseph L. Ross, furniture, 22 00 

Chair beds, 3 25 

cushion, 1 75 

Express and freight, 5 7<< 

John Kingsbury., for work. * s 20 

I). Hoisington, coa] sifter and funnel. 2 50 

repairing furnace, 1 1 86 

[nsurance, 7 ."»<» 

L. A. Cooper, repairing blackboards, L5 00 

John K. Bullard, painting, 12 99 

SOI HI DISTRICT. 

]>V wood. 

(.. ftL Gribnore, care of house. 

repairs and sawing wood. 
C. T. Frost, pumps and platform, 
I. Fisk. books and ink furnished schools, 
Committee, school books, 
M. A. Wilder & Co.. hooks and blackboard crayons, 



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7 


12 


26 


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22 


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83 


66 


9 


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.' 7:1 



ABATEMENT OF TAXES. 

By abatement for the year 1867, 

1868, 
1869, 
1870, 
1871, 
on Chenerv fund, 



ROADS AM) BRIDGES. 

By Turnpike bridge, $763 81 

Mill street - 62 43 

Culvert at R. R. bridge, Joel Morse, 19 20 



$26 


1.". 


17 


Id 


12 


05 


2n 


21 


•20 


37 


02 


50 


$158 


68 



Amount carried forward. $845 11 



8 



Amount brought forward, 
Repairing road at \\. R. bridge, J. W. Page, 
S. N. (utter, in part for road. 
II. Wright, grading Green street. 
removing snow. 1870, 
II. F. Bullard, Labor on bridge, 1870, 
A. X. Parker, removing snow. 1870, 
A. X. Dyer, land for widening Green street. 
James Griffin, 
M. Hartshorn, 
F. s. Wight, surveyor, 

land for road, 

( i. \V. Bruce, surveyor, 

railing and setting, 
(i. VY. Kingsbury, surveyor, 

repairing bridge, 
s. F. Turner, surveyor, 

railing and setting, 
('. II. Russell, surveyor, 

grading at turnpike bridge, 

stock and labor, bridge at almshouse 

railing and setting, 

removing snow. L870, 
H. \Y. Sherman, surveyor, 

road bounds posts. 
( i. ML Fisk. surveyor, 

removing snow. 1870, 



TOWN OFFICERS. 

P>\ (has. Hamant, services as Selectman and Overseer, 1870, $35 00 

W. ('. Allen - - " 36 00 

II. B. Parker, for Assessor, - 40 00 

35 00 
returning 20 deaths. 2 00 
carrying pauper to State almshouse, watch- 
ing lire and assisting Mr. Lovering, 19 75 

Amount carried forward, $1(>7 75 



$845 


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12 


26 


1100 


00 


13 


10 


17 


CO 


12 


25 


6 


7<; 


65 


00 


;>0 


00 


28 


00 


1(12 


00 


100 


00 


215 


00 


<) 


38 


200 


00 


15 


00 


200 


00 


8 


00 


250 


00 


103 


90 


10 


20 


L6 


42 


18 


10 


!)2 


50 


25 


5<; 


107 


90 


11 


40 


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of; 



. {.mount brougM forward, 
II. J. Everett, Town Clerk. L870, 
recording L9 births, 
22 deaths. 
'", marriages, 
('. ('. Sewall, chairman School Committee, 1870, 1871, 
James Hewins, 
S. Ellis, Auditor, 1*70. 
B. F. Shumway, Selectman and Assessor, 1871, 

postage, express, and stationery, 
(). Clifford, Selectman, Overseer, and Assessor. 
J. B. Hale. •■ •• copying tax 

list, stationery, legal advice, 
for posts. 
express paid, 
E. Thayer, services as Overseer. 
J. E. Billiard, notifying dog owners. 
Martin Bailey. Collector. 1870, 



PRINTING. 



$167 


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25' 


00 


o 


70 


1 


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•2 


10 


65 


00 


25 


00 


3 


00 


123 


00 


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00 


85 


(III 


1)52 


00 


5 


00 


1 


25 


20 


00 


1 


50 


25 


00 


$698 


82 



By s. J. Speare, Joo Town Reports, 
tax bills, &c, 
Boston Journal, advertising for teacher, 

Herald, 



PAUPER EXPENSES OUT OF ALMSHOUSE. 



$50 00 


7 


25 


6 


25 


2 


.')() 



$66 00 



$li)L> 30 
Mrs. John Hayford, 58 00 

Mary Peters, * 100 00 

Geo. E. Ilaytbrd. L02 50 



$452 80 
CEMETERY. 

By Joseph Clark, labor. 25 50 



10 

STATE TAX. 

State Treasurer, $1650 00 

state aid to individuals, 248 00 



$1898 ()<> 



NOTES AND INTEREST 

li\ Stephen Turner, Interest, 

Franklin Ellis, 
( i. II. Shumwaj . 
Clarissa Wight, 
John Sullivan, note and 
A. \Y. Cleveland, 
George Fisk, 
Charles Russell. 
Charles llamant. note and 
Mr-. John ( rrant, note in part, 
1\ Lovell, 
R. A. Battelle, 
Win. Crane. 
School Fund. 
Mi<. Eunice II. ChenerVi annuity, 



INCIDENTAL EXPENSES. 

By II. s. Taber, for town pump, 

S. N. Cutter & Co., grain for almshouse. 1870, 

I. ( Osgood, keeper 
1). L. Stain, damage to house as per vote of town. 

II. P. Bruce, stock and labor, town well. 
C. T. Frost, cleaning well and engine, 
I). I). Curtis, rent of Hall to April 1, 1871, 
II. F. Bullard, labor, almshouse, 
( lushman cV Baker, wagon, 

shingles, 
Franklin Ellis, stock and labor, " cistern. 

Amount carried forward, $526 !»•*> 





00 


1 ( 


50 


9 


60 


7 


00 


353 


10 


28 


00 


14 


00 


35 


00 


1085 


00 


2oo 


00 


:;i 


30 


60 


00 


7 


00 


72 


69 


300 


00 


$2238 


19 



$30 


85 


17 


50 


162 


43 


150 


00 


5 


00 


3 


50 


20 


00 


11 


55 


45 


00 


33 


4<s 


47 


62 



11 

Amount brought forward, 
S. Wilder, pump, almshouse, 
J. Lucy, labor and stock, town wells, 

at almshouse, 
C. T. Frost, Labor and pump, almshouse well. 
J. C. Lovering, surveying, 

Maria Newell, clapboards, and storage of hay at almshouse 
Overseer for oxen. almshouse, 

t J. B. Thrasher, brick, 
I). Hoisington, conductors, &c, 
(i. W. Wmship, blacksmithing, 

C. T. Frost, drain pipe and labor, " 
W. F. Abell, care town clock to Jan. 15, 1*72. 
Walpole tax, 
.Med way •• 
A. B. Balch, for bread, almshouse. 

D. 1). Curtis, sawing lumber, 
J. E. Bullard. painting street hoard. 

" almshouse, 

I. Fisk. postage and express, 
(). Clifford, cow, almshouse. 

expenses to Brighton, 
I\. (henerv. grain, almshouse, 

J. McMillian, ironing watering trough, and wrench, 
Trustees t'henery fund in part for town house. 
I. Fisk, merchandise furnished almshouse, 
T. L. Barney. 
Robert Pope. " 

W. Adams, services and labor, almshouse, settlement to 

Feb. 1. 1872, • 333 99 

('. Hamant, care school fund, perambulating town line and 

making returns. < s 50 

I. Fisk. nails, screws, cVc. 1 93 



$526 


93 


L6 


00 


21 


90 


3 


00 


33 


2.*» 


:; 


7-") 


e. 7 


00 


L20 


00 


25 


50 


29 


58 


•)•> 


27 


32 


'.)() 


26 


7-1 


5 


08 


12 


10 


9 


21 


2 


92 


29 


5 5 


6 


00 


."> 


00 


35 


00 


3 


00 


106 


38 


8 


25 


2000 


00 


271 


79 


K»l 


72 


50 


92 



$3866 



12 
FIRE DEPARTMENT. 

By Hunneman & Co., making over suction hose 
1 pair couplings. 
Express, • 

('. T. Frost, work on engine, 
1 pail, 

I. Fisk. 17', (jts. ueats foot oil, 

II. F. Bullard, lock and k»-\ -. 

Labor. 



RECAPITULATION. 



$87 


.")<) 


1 


00 




75 


13 


50 




36 


10 


82 


S 


25 


1 


00 



$73 is 



By Schools, $1866 s; 

School books, crayons, &c, 115 7: 

Can' school house and repairs, 

Abatement of taxes. 

Roads and Bridges, 

Town officers, in part 1S70 and 1871, 

Printing, 

Paupers out of almshouse. 

Kiic Department. 

Cemetery, 

State tax. 

aid. 

i 

Notes and interest. 
Incidental. 



By balance in Treasury. 

Contra, 
To total Receipts, S17.1">!) :»1 



:>:)7 


01 


158 


68 


3491 


06 


09s 


82 


66 


00 


452 


so 


78 


is 


25 


50 


1650 


00 


24s 


Ul! 


2238 


19 


3866 


17 


8i:>.4ss 


00 


17!)4 


11) 


817.2*2 


19 



13 

LIABILITIES. 

Trustees School KuimI Note. SHOO 00 

66 53 

3.">o 00 

Ministerial Fund. 1 H 00 

330 00 
Stephen Turner note. 200 00 

100 00 
Caroline B. Phillips, 500 00 

Mary C. Keith. 500 00 

Geo. II. Shumway, 100 00 

Co mi 

Prudence Lovell, 17<> <>" 

:).') no 

Wm. Crane. 7<> 00 

|o mi 

Franklin Ellis. 250 00 

C. II. Russell, 500 00 

Clarissa Wight, 100 00 

(; t -o. Fisk. ' 200 00 

A. W. Cleveland. 400 00 

John Sullivan. ±00 00 

Cynthia M. Clark. 1" 

Abbey Bailey. 50 00 

Mary P. Phillips, 500 00 

Louise Grant, . 900 00 

Oliver Clifford. 2200 <><> 

RESOURCES. 

Balance in Treasury, Feb. 1. 1872, 

Due on Taxes. 1869, 
1870, 
1871, 
•• for State aid. 
•• from town of Wot Roxbury, 

14365 30 
Excess of liabilities over resources, $4757 23 
Vouchers examined, and accounts found correct. 

SAMUEL ELLIS, Auditor. 



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Ill 


142 


H> 


359 


85 


1629 


63 


248 


00 


191 


23 



14 



ROADS AND BRIDGES 



The Turnpike Bridge being left to the judgment of the Selectmen to 
repair, we notified the Selectmen of Medway, and both Boards met 
and examined, and decided, that the bridge required all new piles. 

nearlv all new sleepers (and as we needed what planjjf were fit for 
use to repair other bridges,) decided to put on all new plank, making 
nearly, if not quite, a new bridge. It has been the aim to have the 
job well done in every way, and at as low a figure as possible, and we 
trust the repairs will he satisfactory to the town. 

The SluiCe Bridge this side, will soon need something done if not 
rebuilding, and the posts are on the ground towards putting up a rail- 
ing where needed, on sides of roadway. 

The bridge on West Mill Street has been thoroughly repaired, and 
load way raised. 

'Hie road as laid out and accepted by the town, from Maine to 
Foundry Street, has been put under contract, and is nearly graded, 
but owing to the early freezing of the ground, the Contractor was 
obliged to defer finishing the road until Spring, partial payments have 
been made, but a sufficient sum has been reserved to insure the fullfil- 
nient of the contract. 

At the November meeting, the town voted $500 to be expended un- 
der the direction of the Selectmen in improving Phillip St., which has 
not been nsed for want of time before freezing up; and we would re- 
spectfully call the attention of the incoming board to this street, as 
the Petitioners, living thereon, have been waiting patiently to have 
something done : also to the Bridge on Foundry street, which is nar- 
row and somewhat out of repair. 

CANAL STREET. 

We have had complaints from this street, especially about the R. K. 

Crossing, which has not been graded according to the orders of the 



Comity Commissioners; this, together with the road to, and the rail- 
ing on Dearths Bridge, should receive early attention. 

To conclude this subject, we would respectfully suggest to the town 
larger appropriations for the improving of narrow and dangerous 
places in the existing roads as a better policy than expensive new 
roads that arc not actually demanded for the convenience or growth of 
the town. 

GUIDE BOARDS. 

By (hap. l.">. Section £, of the General Statutes, the Selectmen of 
each town are required to submit to the inhabitants, at every Annual 
Meeting, a report of all the places ;it which Guide Posts are elected 
and maintained within the town, and of all places at which, in their 
opinion, they ought to be erected and maintained. 

In pursuance of this act we report Guide Posts or Boards al 
junction of .Main and Cedar Hill Sts., Main and South St-.. Main and 
Causeway Sts., Main and Breck Sts.. Breck and West Sts., West and 
West Mill Sts., West and River Sts.. junction oi River, (anal and 
Dover Sts.. North and Kami Sts.. North and River sts.. North and 
Pine Sts.. Causeway and Orchard, and Upper Bridge Sts., South and 
Phillips Sts.. Phillips and Foundry, and East Mill Sts.. East Mill and 
Elm Sts., South and Elm Sts., South and Curve Sts., South and Berry 
Sts., South and Granite Sts., Smith and Plain Sts. 

When the new street from Main to Foundry is done. Guide Boards 
will be needed at each end ; we also recommend one at the junction of 
River and West Mill Sts. 

Bound posts have been set on Green and River sts.. and are de- 
livered, ready to Bet, on new street from Main to Foundry. 

Bounds have not been sel on the •• New and Pleasant Avenue," be- 
cause the omission was not discovered until it was too late t<> set 
them. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

P,. F. SHUMWAY, i Selectmen 
OLIVER CLIFFORD, ' of 
.]. B. HALE. I Medfield. 



REPORT 



OVERSEERS OF THE .POOR. 



INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY AT THE ALMS 
HOUSE, Feb. 1. 1872. 

2 oxen, 

6 cows, dairy*, 

1 (arrow cow 20.00 ; 1 bull 25. 00, 
1 horse 2(io.()(> ; :;i; fowls 27.00. 

5 swine, 
H tons meadow hay, 

7 •• English 

10 bush, com 10.00; 20 do. barley 20.00; 3 do. beans 7.50 
170 lbs. beef 17.00 ; 250 do. pork 30.00 ; L25 do. ham 15.00, 
50 lbs. lard 7.50 : 25 do. batter 8.75, 
1 75 bush, potatoes, 
20 bush, turnips 5.00; 5 do. beets 2.00; mackerel 1.50, 

7 bush, rye, 
4 tubs 5.00 : 1 brass kettle 5.00 ; 3 meat barrels 4.50, 

8 stone jars 1.50; 1 cook stove 25.00; 2 air tight stoves 6.00, 
1 churn 7.00; 37 milk pans 11.10. 
Lumber 10.00; clothes wringer 10.00; grind stone 14. 00. 

6 hay forks 2.50; 3 manure do. 5.00 : 2 potato diggers 1.25 
4 hoes and 1 iron bar 3.00; 4 ploughs and cultivator 20.00, 
Harnesses 18.00; hay wagon 63.00; 2 ox carts 35.00; sleigh 

and robe 5.00, 

3 wood saws and 2 horses 5.0Q ; 1 cross-cut saw 4.00, 
Saw. shave, and garden rake 2.00 ; G grain bags 1.50, 

A in >>u at curried forward. 



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00 


300 


00 


4"> 


00 


227 


00 


35 


00 


12S 


00 


245 


00 


67 


50 


0, 62 


00 


1G 


25 


107) 


00 


8 


50 


7 


70 


14 


7>0 


0. 32 


50 


18 


10 


34 


00 


>. x 


77> 


23 


00 


;h 




121 


00 


9 


00 


3 


50 


$1656 


30 



17 

Amount brougld forward, $1656 •*><> 

• i scythes, 5 snathes, \ axes, G 50 

1 cranberry screen and '■> cranberry rakes 7.00; 2 com cutters 

and 4 rakes LOO, 8 00 

8 stake chains .75; •"> draft <l<>. 2.50; 2 ox yokes 5.00; ox 

sled 4.00, 12 25 

1 express wagon 100.00; horse hay-rake 5.00; mowing ma- 

chine 50.00, 155 00 

Hay cutter and feed trough 7.00; 1 harrow 5.00; 3 ladders 6.00, 18 00 
Bog hoe and pick 1.50; 1 shovels and 1 spade L"><»: 1 chrome 

1.00, 7 <»o 

Ox muzzles .7") ; adze. 75 : hammer .10 ; beetle and wedges 1.50, •*» 1<> 
20 cord green wood 90.00; 3 bush, and H bush, baskets 1.25, :»1 25 
:) measures .50 ; 3 augers .50 ; drag rake ."><>. 

2 water pots 3.00; pruning knife .7.">. 
4 butter boxes 2.25 : butter bowl .7."). 
2 eider barrels 1.50 : 2 kegs 1.00, 
12 good flour barrels, 
Husks, stocks and straw, 
Covered wagon, 
Ox 



RECEIPTS. 

To 2 cow-. 
Cranberries. 

I. Fisk. eggs, butter and potatoes. 
Hay, straw and pork. 
Received from West Roxbury, 
Feather bed 7.<»<) : filling straw beds .7."». 
Bert". \Y. P. Hewins (pair cattle), 
Pork. 
Hides, 

Lodgings and meals ;it almshouse, 
Rags sold al alsmshouse, 
Potatoes •■ 
Calves sold at almshouse, 

Amount carried forward, $1<>7«> 21 





1 


50 




3 


75 




3 


00 




2 


50 




1 


50 




8 


00 




45 


00 




30 


(Ml 


s 


2047 


65 



$62 


00 


7i» 


00 


122 


68 


142 


03 


334 


i i 


< 


75 


175 


77 


18 


33 


4 


80 


59 


7.") 




23 


8 


35 


63 


19 



IX 



Amount brought forward, 
To Labor, use of wagon, &c, almshouse, 
Milk, •■ 

Eggs, 

Poultry. 

Pork, 

Barley and meal " 

Ryv. 

Beef, 

Butter, 

Received from Town Treasury, 



EXPENDITURES. 

By S. X. Cutler, grain, 1870, 
II. F. Ballard, Labor, 
Cushman & Baker, for wagon, 

shingles, 
franklin Ellis, stock and labor on cistern, 
Wilder, pump for 
.J. Lucy, labor, 

('. T. Frost, labor and pump for well, 
Maria Newell, clapboards and storage of hay. 
1 \ oke oxen. 

(i. 1$. Thrasher, brick for cistern, 
I). Hoisington, conductors, &c, for cistern. 
(i. W. Winship, blacksmithing, 
('. T. Frost, drain pipe and labor, well to yard. 
A. B. Balch, bread. 
I). I). Curtis, sawing lumber, 
John E. Bullard, painting, 
(). Clifford, cow, 

expense to Brighton, 
Rcubiu Chenery, grain and grinding, 
Isaac Fisk. groceries, &c, 
T. L. Barney, groceries, etc.. 
Robert Pope, 

Amount carried forward. 



$1070 


•21 


6 


27 


30 


35 




14 


•> 


(V> 


26 


32 


1 


70 




30 


2 


40 


5 


l:\ 


1124 


35 


$2271 


69 



$17 


50 


11 


h~.) 


i;> 


00 


33 


bs 


47 


62 


L6 


00 


3 


00 


33 


25 


7 


00 


120 


00 


25 


50 


21) 


58 


22 


27 


32 


90 


9 


21 


-) 


02 


6 


00 


35 


00 


3 


00 


106 


38 


271 


7!) 


104 


72 


50 


92 


SI 034 


59 



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.. iiium nt brought forward. 
By I. Osgood, keeper t<> April, 1. 1871, 
W. Adams, " Feb. 1. 1872, 

lor labor hired, 
Brooms "2.77): clothes-line .75, paid by keeper 

Paint 5.80; wheel tor plough 1.75, 
-I bbls. cement, cistern. 
•*>! lbs. cheese, 

I lav lurk 1 .00; 124 Lbs. scraps 2.98, 
Repairs on mowing machine, 
Dr. Stone, medical attendance. 
1 screw-driver ,40; pr. ox muzzles .77,. 
•1 pigs LOO; 7 bush, barley s.74. 
1 flour sifter .50 ; butchering 3.00, 
Lamp burner and shade, 
1 bbl. apples, 
Threshing grain, 
Axe handle .40: whip .17), 
Clothing, 
Vinegar, 
Blacksmithing, 
( !ash to paupers, 
Fish. 

Tin ware, dishes, &c., 
Garden seeds, &c, 
Sundries, 
W. P. Hewins, for meat, 

C \l PEKS OUT OF ALMSHOUSE. 

.1. W. Coltman, Worcester, 

Mrs. John Hayford, partial support, 

.Mary Peters, 

Geo, E. Harford, Worcester, (died). 



ASSETS. 

Due from town of \Vest Roxbury 
A. Wfllard, 
E. II. Walcott, 





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The Overseers, upon this their first visit to the Almshouse, found 
tin 1 occupants suffering from a scarcity of water, and obliged to go to 
the river for a Bupply. The well was reported dry. being filled with 

quicksand, and unsafe for any one to venture in to clear it out. 

It was deemed advisable to havi a good sized cistern built, and the 
conductors of the house arranged to carry water into it. so that the 
inmates now have a bountiful supply of good soft water constantly on 
hand. 

Since building the cistern it has been found safe to clean out the 
well, and a large drain pipe placed in the bottom to prevent the quick- 
sand from flowing in to till it up again. A new pump placed in the 
well, and a drain pipe laid to the trough in the barnyard, now supplies 
the cattle plentifully with water with less labor than was necessary 
before. Although these improvements have been attended with con- 
siderable expense the Board are of the opinion the money has been 
well invested. The house is in need of repairs inside : paint, paper, 
and whitewash would add to the comfort and health of the inmates. 
Respectfully submitted. 

ELIJAH THAYER, i Overseers of Poor 

OLIVER CLIFFORD, \ of the 

J. B. HALE. j Town of Medfield. 

Mcdtield. Feb. 1. 1871. 



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REGISTRAR'S REPORT. 



DEATHS IX MEDFIELD FOR THE YEAR 1*71. 



Name. 



Henry J. Jewett, 
Eliakim Morse, Jr., 
Joseph Wiley, 
Abner II. Wenzel, 
Moses Bullard, 
Mary Robinson, 
Elizabeth Richardson, 
Warren Chenery, 
Blake Parker, 
Jacob Marshal, 
Hannah Mann, 
Charlotte A. Parker, 
Eliakim Morse, 



Age. 



44 
45 
13 

76 
69 
55 

67 

04 
70 
67 
28 
71 



Disease. 



Billions Fever, 

Dropsy. 

Scarlet Fever. 

Suicide. 

Apoplexy. 

Suicide. 

Dropsy. 

Heart Disease. 

Paralysis. 

Dropsy. 
Perpureal Fever. 

Paralysis. 



Place of Birth. 



Nashua, N. H. 
Medfield. 



II 



Framingham. 

Medfield. 

Exeter, X. 

Dedhani. 

Medfield. 

Sonthboro. 

Xatick. 

Medfield. 



Number of births, 15, — hoys, 7: girls, 8. American parentage, 
14 ; foreign, 1. 

Deaths recorded in 1871, L3. American parentage, 13. 

Marriages recorded, 3. 

Intentions oi* marriage entered, H>. 

J. B. HALE. 
Registrar. 



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STATISTICS OF MEDFIELD 



Area of town, 9205 acres. CoTered by water, 28 acres. 

Land taxed. 8123 acres. 

Value of Heal Estate. $564,516.00. 

Value of Personal Estate, $227,012.00. 

Total valuation. $791,528.00. 

State tax. $1650.00. County tax, $727.37. 

Town grant for general purposes, S4")00.00. For Schools, 82000.00. 

For Highways, $1300.00. Total. 87.s00.00. 
Kate of taxation. $12.50 per 81000. 
No. of polls, 296; dwelling-houses. 22(5; horses. 170; cows. :;f>:'),; 

oxen, 42 ; swine. 88 ; sheep, 3. 



REPORT 

OF THE 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE 

OF THE 

TOWN OF MEDFIELD, 

1871. 



The Schools of Medfield have, during the past year, been generally 
successful, and are now in a very satisfactory condition. 

HIGH SCHOOL. 

This School, under the management of Mr. Walter S. Parker, has 
made remarkable progress, and commences its new year under the most 
auspicious circumstances. Entering upon his duties with the school in a 
disorganized and demoralized condition, the two teachers preceding him 
having utterly failed in discipline, the one resorting to corpora] punish 
incut. ;ind the other erring in the opposite direction of extreme lenity. 
Mr. Parker has. by earnest and persistent labor, brought about the pre- 
sent gratifying results. He has, while with us. proved himself an ener- 
getic and faithful teacher, and an indefatigable worker,being always on 
his feet among the scholars, encouraging them to habits of study, stimu- 
lating their ambition, and infusing his own enthusiasm throughout the 
entire school. He possesses, in a marked degree, the power of com- 
manding at once the love and respect of his pupils, while keeping the 
school* in perfect order, and under his complete control. In accord- 
ance with the requirements of the law. the committee have employed 



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mii assistant in this school during the past year. Miss Sarah E. Dyer 
occupied this position tor one term, and gave very general satisfaction. 
Ma- was succeeded 03- Miss Esther Emerson, who has also been suc- 
cessful, ano! is a thorough and efficient teacher. The Committee have 
elected, from a Large number of applicants, as Mr. Parker's successor. 
Mr. William I.. Whittemore of Milford, X. II.. whose success is almost 
assured, coming to us with a Large experience and the highest testi- 
monials. 

CENTRE PRIMARY SCHOOL. 

The first term was taught by Mrs. Ilixon, now Mrs. Ware, of whose 
success as a teacher it is unnecessary to speak. Her rare qualities of 
mind and heart have been extolled in every school report for many 
years past, and are fully known and appreciated by all. The second 
and third terms were taught by Miss Lizzie. K. Packard, who taught 
with success the first term of the South District School, and was trans- 
ferred to her present position as a suitable successor to Mrs. Ilixon. 
The hopes which the committee entertained with regard to Miss Pack- 
ard have been fully realized, and although in a much Larger school, 
and one much more difficult to govern, she has met with unqualified 
success. Her gentle, kind, and amiable disposition has endeared her 
to the hearts of all her pupils, while her calm and linn demeanor has 
won their respect and secured their obedience. 

NORTH DISTRICT SCHOOL. 

Until the third term, the North School had, so far as any beneficial 
results are concerned, been a complete failure. The cause of failure 
lies partly with the teachers, and partly with the taught.. The school 
is a very difficult one to govern, and very few teachers could have 
carried it through with success. Miss Nancy C. M. Winship. who 
taught the first term, entered upon her work with earnestness, but 
soon became disheartened, and failed to maintain order, or make her 
authority felt by the scholars. Miss Abbie A. Adams, who succeeded 
Miss Winship, failed for want of energy and force of character, and it 
was not until the third term, when Mrs. S. D. Austin took charge of 
the school, that a change became apparent in its character. Possessed 
of a strong and vigorous will, she has by perseverence and persistent 
endeavor, brought the school under her control and infused into it 



uew life and energy. The peculiar duluess and listlessness, which 
have so loug characterized it. have disappeared, and the change has 
already been productive of the most beneficial results. 

SOUTH DISTRICT SCHOOL. 

This School, although small in numbers, is in excellent condition, 
mikI doing remarkably well. The second term was taught by Miss 
Olive I>. Young. under whose direction the high tone and character 

imparted to the school by Miss Packard, were well sustained*. The 
third term was taught by Miss Addie A. Ellis, who also succeeded 
admirably. Both Miss Young and Miss Ellis received their education 
in the schools of this town. and. although entering upon their work 
without experience, they have exhibited a talent for teaching which 
will assure them success in that profession. 

FITTING FOB COLLEGE. 

We have plenty of material in town from which to make collegians, 
and it is the earnest desire of the committee that a class of young men 
may l»e formed and prepared for college. Such opportunities for a 
Liberal education as are now afforded ought not to be neglected. 
Parent- should endeavor to impress upon the minds of their sons the 
inestimable advantages of such an education, and encourage them to ob- 
tain it. Let any young man of ordinary capacity once enter upon 
and acquire a taste for college studies, and his ambition will soon 
carry him through the preparatory course. A knowledge of the 
classics, however, is necessary, not only for the purposes of a college 
education, but also for the ordinary business of lite. The study of 
(ireek and Latin imparts that mental training and gives that power of 
mind, which is as essential to the merchant ;is a knowledge of the 
common rules of arithmetic, essential, because it enables him t«» cope 
with his fellow-men and to --grasp successfully the varying risks of 
trade." ••There are wide differences of opinion as to what consti- 
tutes the most valuable studies, or what is meant by a master} 1 of the 
higher branches With some it means adding to the students' li>t of 
facts, accumulating results acquired by others. But many Bach 
studies require no weighing of testimony, no appreciation of evidence, 
and are productive of no mental vigor. Some assume the utility of a 



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study because it deals with what is useful, and is supposed to produce 
practical men. Many times this Is a mere supposition, and. it' true, 
wc must remember that to be practical, and nothing else, is the defi- 
nition of a machine. 

T6 educate is to change : otherwise it were useless. Success in life 
depends upon mental training, upon those studies which form charac- 
ter and lead the student to a knowledge of his own strength. 

• It is a blunder founded on meanness, vulgarity, and a total mis- 
conception of man's real dignity, to suppose that a future merchant 
needs only such mental training as will enable him to cast up accounts 
correctly, read n newspaper with ease, and write a business letter 
without committing gross errors.' 

We have the testimony of experts that the classics give by .far the 
best mental training. In Germany it is found that boys of the classi- 
cal school excel boys of the corresponding forms or grade, even in 
those studies recited together. A writer of high authority states that 
even business men in that country prefer for clerks those trained in 
the classics. Let a business man inquire into the daily practical 
value of his former school studies, and he finds a few of the simplest 
mathematical rules meet all his wants, lie may have no occasion to 
use an algebraical equation during his lifetime. Much of geography, 
history, and scientific fact fades from his mind for want of use. But 
there is not ;i day nor an hour in which he does not want to express 
an idea, and may reap the advantages of classical training. Allied as 
the proper study of Latin is with the derivation of words, with ancient 
history and civilization, so closely connected with the sciences that 
scarcely one can be properly understood without its aid, its value as an 
educational instrument must be accorded, and no subordinate place 
claimed for it." 

A GROWING EVIL. 

The Committee beg leave to call attention to an evil which is grow- 
ing rapidly in our midst : and that is, the removal of children from 
school at too early an age, to engage in the active pursuits of life. 
The practice of taking boys and girls from school a*hd placing them 
to work in the straw shops of the town, or elsewhere, is fraught with 
the most pernicious consequences. They are children and their habits 
are vet unformed. They must be educated somewhere, and if not in 



the schoolroom, then in the street ; and while the one system of edu- 
cation tends to make them good citizens, and enables them to take 
high and honorable positions in Life, the other may make them bad, 
or at least inditlerent members of society ; and let every parent 
remember that, although these children in their youthful indiscretion 
and want of judgment may now think it is a very fine thing to be 
treed from the restraint of the schoolroom, the; time will soon come 
when they will look back upon their removal from school as the great- 
est misfortune of their lives. 

For the Committe, 

JAMES HEWINS. 
Medfield, March 4, 1872. 



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